Thursday, May 26, 2011

Women's Moments in Art History

How many of these portraits of women do you recognize? Can you name the artists who painted them?

Travel through 500 years of art history via this beautifully produced video by Philip Scott Johnson. The music, Bach's Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, is performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

Women In Art from Philip Scott Johnson on Vimeo.

For those of you not in the mood for guessing games, go here for a complete list of the artists and their paintings.

This video also may be viewed on YouTube.

Other videos by Johnson are here. See especially "Monet".


Louise Gallagher said...

That's amazing. I wonder how long it actually took to create that stunning work of art.

nance marie said...

i like yo-yo's chelo playing.
hum...this media art made me think for a moment that perhaps all the paintings were all of the same woman. "the painted woman"...she is a mystery.

Tracey said...

I love he grouped like facial features so that the morphing was so fluid. Very cool.

Ruth said...

I simply adore this video, and I'm so happy to see it again. I'm glad to know the video maker and I'll look into his work more, also thanks to you.

S. Etole said...

what a cleverly done video ...

Anne Lang Bundy said...

Each woman was quite beautiful. In my ignorance, I would have not attempted guesses. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a diversity I'd not previously seen from Picasso.

As I guessed, few pieces were done by women. Every face captured beauty I suspect men see in a different way than the tendency of the female eye.

But there is beauty also in the weary, the worn, the sacrificial look so many women wear as they give themselves to the service of others. It is the beauty I suspect is less easily depicted, yet even more beautiful in the love it captures.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, Maureen. I'm so glad you shared it. And it's always a pleasure to hear Yo-Yo Ma, of course.